Previous editions here.
Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017
Watching the developments unfold on the large television screens installed in his private residence, Trump was “seething,” according to a Republican close to the White House. … As the morning carried on … Trump grew increasingly frustrated as he viewed cable news coverage of his onetime campaign chairman arriving at the FBI field office in downtown Washington, believing his former aides’ roles were being inflated.
Trump has become increasingly concerned that the Mueller probe could be moving beyond Russia to an investigation into his personal dealings, two people familiar with the president’s thinking said. … The president publicly mused in a July interview that he might look to fire the special counsel if Mueller began looking into his business dealings, a possibility that has weighed on him in recent weeks, according to two people who have spoken to him but were not authorized to discuss private conversations.
More from Kelly’s interview with Laura Ingraham
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Monday, Oct. 30, 2017
So many quotes, so little space:
When asked about a photograph showing Papadopoulos at a meeting with Trump and Jeff Sessions, who then was an adviser and now is the attorney general, Sanders again claimed it was no big deal because “the president has thousands of photographs with millions of people.” Sarah Huckabee Sanders
This article was written before Trump Tweeted out the above: Manafort Indictment Pushes Mentally Ill Trump Into Deranged Rant About Obama And The DNC - PoliticUSASunday, Oct. 29, 2017
|This story moved from somewhere on the Alternet website to the top story |
(below, right) which in itself is significant.
|Trump brings a rubber knife to a gun fight. Advantage: Moore.|
Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017
Evening Edition: Editorial below.
|This was posted during the fourth weekend in a row he spent as his golf club.|
We must be alert. Is he in a downward spiral of decompensation?
No doubt Trump was thrilled to see one of his nemeses having his show, “The Terms of My Surrender," close. Trump had to be - jumping - whatever he does for joy - when he read the show didn’t make as much money as was hoped.
As Playbill and The Hill report, the show was meant to be a limited run and closed on schedule. His Tweet is an absolute lie. The show was not forced to close.
Another fact, apparently lost on Trump, is that the show will be on the road: The Oscar- and Emmy-winning filmmaker announced earlier this week that he intends to tour the country with The Terms of My Surrender next year. Itinerary details will be announced in the coming months.
By my friend from nearly day one of Duty to Warn.
The exchange of email between Covitz and Fox is priceless. Here’s how it ended:
Friday, Oct, 27, 2017
If you thought there was something off, perhaps “not right” in how Trump handled the Halloween party in his office >>>
This DTW news was just published on the Russian government run SPUTNIK news network:
Scroll down if you missed the article in our own far right website, American Thinker, just as crazy as Alex Jones.
The new Time Magazine cover story:
The first part of the subtitle says it all for those who follow DTW:
While the President tweets and fulminates, his Cabinet is rewriting the rules of government
This hasn’t been reported in the MSM yet, but none-the-less is interesting. White House Officials Come Forward, Say Trump Preparing To Resign If Manafort Testifies
I missed this - did you?
October 26, 2017
This is the most vicious and downright wrong article about the Duty to Warn movement, and in particular about John Gartner.
Some of my comments:
About American Thinker from Rational Wiki:
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|—The site in a nutshell|
Weds. Oct. 25, 2017
This is what I think: There’s no way to predict what, if anything, will trigger an impossible to ignore mental breakdown with Trump. It could be a case of “the straw that broke the camel’s back.” It could even be one of these seemingly insignificant attempts to troll him. HB
“One of the reasons trolling him is so valuable strategically is that he does react to it,” Roland (a troller) said. “You can influence the latest thing he says on Twitter or what he says by getting in his Twitter feed or on the shows that he watches.”
In September, though, Mir (another troller) consulted on a splashier demonstration. Immigration advocates — angered when the administration canceled the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — set up an enormous paper effigy of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and then gleefully knocked it over as if he were a deposed dictator.
The new age of protesting has been good for the old art of protest-puppet making.
“It’s always been the case: A picture is worth a thousand words, and a puppet is worth a thousand times that,” said Nadine Bloch, the Takoma Park resident who made the ersatz Sessions and who has been one of Washington’s go-to makers of protest puppets since the Reagan era. “And if you can roll it down the street, smash it, it can be worth 1,000 times more.”
And if one of those makes the presidential Twitter feed, consider Trump trolled.
My Daily Kos article typed while watching first the NetFlic show Mindhunters and then Rachel Maddow:
HuffPost headline embellished by HB
Here’s an alternative to the 25th or impeachment:
Opinion New York Times | OP-ED COLUMNIST
Tuesday - Oct. 24, 2017 The great New Yorker cover hits the stands:
An evil clown emerging from the forest. A fitting analogy for the presidency?
- lots of 25th Amendment news today, plus an exclusive work in progress - a history of the Duty to Warn movement (scroll down). Does anybody want to guess what Trump will call Senator Flake when he hears what he said about him today. My guess is he’ll call him flakey Sen. Flake.
These are the earliest members. Gabriele Chorney, Seibolt Frieswyk, Barbara Cunningham, Neil Friedman, and I have posted hundreds, probably thousands, of comments there. It has become something of a think tank. If you are a mental health professional interested in joined please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with verifiable information about your background.
Best selling psychoanalyst Justin Frank started his blog, still going strong, in 2016 He is working on a book “Trump on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President” which hopefully will be a best seller.
Another mental health professional to gain significant media attention was Dan McAdams who was the focus of the front cover article in The Atlantic “The Mind of Donald Trump” on the June, 2016 issue.
The face and voice of our movement is clinical psychologist John Gartner. He hit the public eye, first with an article on Jan. 27, 2017 about DTW in The Bi-Partisan Report, and on what seem to be the same day, a major article in USA Today.
On May 25, 2017 Yale Psychiatrist Bandy Lee was interviewed by Salon columnist Chauncy DeVega.
In addition to Bandy Lee, the participants new to the DTW spotlight were Robert Jay Lifton, arguably the most famous living psychiatrist, and James Gilligan. Lifton bumped Philip Zimbardo to the second most famous mental health professional in DTW. All undergraduate psychology majors are familiar with them. John Gartner wasn’t on the actual panel at the conference but addressed it via video.
Most recently Bandy Lee broke with John Gartner and she went public with her reasons on BuzzFeed:
“The solution to Trump is not psychological name-calling, it’s political action,” Allen Frances, former chair of the department of psychiatry at Duke, told BuzzFeed News.
Lee, who was initially affiliated with Duty to Warn, told BuzzFeed News she has distanced herself from Gartner and disagrees with mental health experts diagnosing Trump and advocating for a political outcome.The disagreement between John Gartner and Bandy Lee played out in numerous back and forth comments on the 5,000 member Duty to Warn Facebook group. It has since been deleted.
* American Psychiatric Association, composed at least of a number of members who fainted during gross anatomy in medical school.
You be the judge:
Does Trump ever tear up, let alone cry?
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Donald Trump's psyche in the spotlight
FRIDAY DAY 12:24
USA. In light of internal party battles and an attentive book of 27 mental health experts, Donald Trump's psyche poses a threat to US air's questions about how - formally - a president can be deprived. But Trump's core voter is loyal and stands behind the leader.
The book "The dangerous case Donald Trump" has shortly become a bestseller and a snack in the United States. In that, 27 of the country's leading psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health experts write about how they look at the president. Theories about pathological narcissism (self-sufficiency) and hedonism (pleasure) are presented. Experts state that it is their moral duty to warn their countrymen for the president - and what he does with the United States.
In the same spirit, the movement "A Duty to Warn" (about a duty to warn) started with events in 14 cities in mid-October. It is also run by a group of psychiatrists who jointly claim that the president suffers "unbearable, malignant narcissism" that prevents him from performing his duties as president, for example, writes the New Yorker magazine.
But Dr. John Gartner, who founded "A Duty to Warn", disregards that (Goldwater) rule in the light of Trump's presidency.
Standing up for Trump
In parallel, reports of Trump's poison pills against party mates, own ministers and political opponents tighten.
Judges in liberal media, as well as "A Duty to Warn", have therefore raised the issue of the 25th Addendum. It says that a president can be declared unable to fulfill his duties by either the vice president and a majority of the government or by a special committee appointed by the congress.
GERMAN MAGAZINE - FEATURES JOHN GARTNER
Dirty urgently sought: 10 million US dollars is offered by erotic mogul Larry Flynt for evidence that could lead to the impeachment of Donald Trump. Our author makes great hopes for the money.
Selbst Männer in Trumps eigener Partei scheinen Hinweise in dieser Sache geben zu können, etwa Außenminister Rex Tillerson, der Trump für einen »verdammten Schwachkopf« hält oder Parteifreund Bob Corker, für den das Weisse Haus zu einer »Betreuungseinricihtung für Erwachsene« verkommt. Sogar Trumps Ex-Berater Steve Bannon wird damit zitiert, er halte Artikel 25 für die größte Gefahr für Trumps Präsidentschaft. Normalerweise ziemt es sich für Psychiater nicht, Ferndiagnosen abzugeben, aber der Psychologe John Gartner diagnostizierte bei Trump »bösartigen Narzissmus«, der mit Paranoia, antisozialem Verhalten und Sadismus einhergehe. 27 Psychiater und Psychologen schlossen sich Gartner an und halten die Lage für so dringend, dass sie Artikel 25 geltend machen wollen. Sie veranstalten derzeit Diskussionsrunden in ganz Amerika und verweisen auf ihre »Pflicht zu warnen«.
Even men in Trumps's own party seem to be able to point this out, for example, Foreign Minister Rex Tillerson, who considers Trump to be a "damn weakhead," or Party Captain and Bob Corker, for whom the White House is a "support for adults." Even Trumps ex-advisor Steve Bannon is quoted as saying that he regards Article 25 as the greatest threat to the Trumps presidency. Normally psychiatrists do not like to give remote diagnoses, but the psychologist John Gartner diagnosed Trump "malignant narcissism", which is associated with paranoia, anti-social behavior and sadism. 27 psychiatrists and psychologists joined Gartner and considered the situation so urgent that they wanted to claim Article 25. They are currently organizing discussion sessions all over America and refer to their "duty to warn"
The following article has lengthy summaries from “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump"
Another DTW article, this one in Black Star News
About: Founded in 1997 Black Star News has scored several news scoops --including a major Wall Street scandal at Morgan Stanley; a corrupt lawyer who fleeced money from settlement awards he'd won for Holocaust survivors; and many more-- that have won it media coverage including on CNN, The Wall Street Journal, The Daily News, The New York Post, Newsweek, The New York Times magazine, New York Observer, The Village Voice, and Brill's Content magazine.
Quote of the Day
"I’m sick of him giving people nicknames” from Wacky Congresswoman Wilson - who is a member of the non-existent Democrat Party which ran “Crocked Hillary Clinton” for president. What a class act the president is. HB
Breaking: Jimmy Carter says Trump unfair called deranged
“I think the media have been harder on Trump than any other president certainly that I’ve known about,” Carter replied. “I think they feel free to claim that Trump is mentally deranged and everything else without hesitation.” NT Times Maureen Dowd interview
‘My pain is everyday’: After Weinstein’s fall, Trump accusers wonder: Why not him? Washington Post (video)
Saturday Night Edition: Covering Up for Another Trump Lie
At least three families said they received express-shipped packages from the White House after Trump claimed he called “virtually everybody.”
EXCERPT: Multiple families of military service members killed in the line duty are now getting rush-delivered letters from President Donald Trump, days after Trump claimed he had called the immediate families of all service members who had been killed since he took office in January.
Workers of firm involved with the discredited and Fake Dossier take the 5th. Who paid for it, Russia, the FBI or the Dems (or all)?-- Donald J. Trump via Twitter, 19 October 2017, 7:56am
Sometimes I talk to the president of the United States in my head. It's weird, but I have to. (emphasis added)
Dude, I say (I can hyperlink words when I talk to the president in my head). Dude, what? Really? It always begins this way. We've covered some serious ground, the president and I, over the 40 miles of bad road that has been the last two years of American politics. His attacks on Muslims and Mexicans, his marauding misogyny, the border wall, penis measuring during a nationally-televised debate, the bag of hammers he chose for his Cabinet, Russia Russia Russia, Puerto Rico, North Korea, his embrace of Nazis and Klansmen, the NFL, the families of fallen soldiers, meeting the president of the Virgin Islands, Comey, Clinton, Mueller, Obama and all his favorite people -- there isn't much we haven't discussed. It always starts the same way.It immediately occurred to me that one DTW therapist actually got to talk to (a) Donald Trump directly. (The video is here.) Not just talk, mind you, he was able to conduct a psychological assessment, something our critics say is necessary to make a psychological assessment or a diagnosis.
I wonder what John thought as he did a damn good job responding to The President Show’s (Comedy Central) Anthony Atamanuik's fake Donald Trump. He didnt even crack a smile, let along break out laughing, as the talented professional fake Tump deftly answered his
Friday, Oct. 20, 2017
Don’t miss this video! Then scroll down for the rest of the Duty to Warn media coverage for today. John Gartner was also interview on the Randi Rhodes show, but I don’t have a link to that segment.
If this video fails to play try this link:
Excerpt from article:
On Thursday’s show, that undiagnosed mess met a real doctor, as Atamanuik’s Trump is tricked by his blandly wily sidekick Mike Pence (peerless straight man Peter Grosz) into sitting down with Dr. John Gartner, practicing therapist and head of the organization Duty To Warn. The group is made up of mental health professionals who’ve banded together to warn Americans that, in their collective opinion, Trump is mentally unfit to hold the office of president and therefore should be removed from office under the terms of the 25th Amendment.
Needless to say, Atamanuik’s Trump isn’t too happy to find himself in the doctor’s office, although once Pence assures him the whole purpose of therapy is to talk about himself non-stop, he warms up, spilling some speculatively disturbing interior monologues that go a long way toward explaining why he is, in Gartner’s words, a dangerous narcissist with no impulse control, paranoiac tendencies, and an unusual need for approval.
What happens after Trump leaves the interview and hits the street (Spoiler: presumably Fifth Avenue) is both hilarious and terrifying).
My thoughts on Turley’s thoughts:
Editorial Comment: Turley obviously does not understand malignant narcissism. He does not have a grasp of the way Trump’s behavior is on a downward spiral, suggesting that “more compelling evidence of incapacity” may very well come sooner rather than later. Most DTW therapists have been predicting that this is a real possibility. HB
Where better to go for odds than Nate Silver on 538… he wrote an article after Trump’s inauguration.
That article laid out 14 possible tracks the administration could take.
In this new article he and his colleagues go through each scenario. Everyone had to rank it on a scale from 1 (has become much less likely since Trump was sworn in) to 10 (has become much more likely since Trump was sworn in).”
At the time the original article was published hardly anybody even knew about the 25th Amendment, so the closest to this scenario is this:
But this gets us a bit into the second scenario …This follows No. 1: "Trump keeps on Trumpin’ and the country remains evenly divided."
No. 2. Trump gradually (or not-so-gradually) enters a death spiral. Liberals and other Trump adversaries might overrate the likelihood of this scenario … His problems could be self-reinforcing as issues pile on top of one another and public opinion turns against him, especially if the more coolheaded and competent advisers and Cabinet members flee the White House as Trump begins to falter. In this scenario, Trump’s approval ratings wouldn’t necessarily fall off a cliff — his base would give him a mulligan or two — but they would move slowly and inexorably downward, as happened to George W. Bush during his last two years in office.